TITLE: Excerpt from The Adventures of Princess Pearl - Jan 25, 2015
By Tonja Taylor
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The horses are a large part of the first book, and will appear in most (young girls like horses!), and the girls are going on trail rides, where they will discover that thieves have hidden stolen valuable property on Pearl's uncle's land, and the LORD will help pearl solve the mystery and return the valuables to the proper owner--who soon becomes a close friend and mentor to her. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONEST CRITIQUE.
“Girls,” said Burt, “you can follow. Just stay far enough behind the horses that they couldn’t kick you if they got startled or something, although that is extremely rare. Occasionally a baby cottontail will dart across in front of them, but these horses do not spook easily.”
“Yippee!” said Robert. “Here we go!”
Watchman ran ahead of them, and Burt led them down the gentle slope to the stream. The grass was freshly mowed and the path was pretty clear.
The girls waited a bit to follow, being sure to stay clear of the horses’ hind legs.
“What a great day!” said Pearl. “I’m so glad the sun is out, and the weather is just right! God knew we’d be doing this today, and He fixed it just for us!”
“Yeah,” said Robin. “And maybe once the guys get through, you and I can have more time.”
“Ooh, I’m so excited! I think Aurora is so beautiful, and I’ve never ridden a Palomino before!
“Me neither, and I believe she’s a very smart horse, too.”
“Yeah,” said Pearl, starting to walk. “I think most horses are smart, aren’t they? My dad used to show me in the Encyclopedia how the horse was ahead of the dog—smarter.”
“Encyclopedia?” Robin asked, walking beside her. “Is that a book?”
“Yeah, a big book with lots of information.”
“Anyway,” Pearl continued, “Grandma and Grandpa had a whole set—A to Z—and gave them to us. My favorite is the L, where it talks about the Royal Lipizzans. I got to see them once when I was very little, but I don’t remember much. I wonder if they ever come around here?”
“I haven’t seen them,” Robin said. “Maybe we can find out. But we’ll probably have to look on the internet to see their schedule.”
“That would be a good reason to use it!” said Pearl, stopping to smile at Robin. “Wouldn’t it be the coolest to go to the royal school and ride one? And they must be the closest horse to what Jesus will return on!”
With You all things are possible, God, thought Pearl. That would be so neat!
“Anyway,” said Robin, stopping too, “couldn’t you find all that on the web? I don’t have my cell phone with me, or we could look it up on there.”
“We don’t get on the internet very often. Queen Mother uses it for work, but she says we need to learn how to use encyclopedias and dictionaries and things that we can hold, in case the computer doesn’t work or something. And she doesn’t really care for the Bible on computers, either.”
Robin laughed and nodded. “Yeah, I guess a book always works! But I do have a Bible app that I read when I’m in the car or waiting somewhere, although I have a book Bible at school.”
“So you guys have Bible class at school?” Pearl asked.
“Yes, ‘cause it’s a Christian school,” Robin said. “We used to go to the public school, but we got tired of kids and even some of the teachers cursing and talking about all kinds of junk.”
Pearl was shocked. “Even the teachers?”
“Well, not all of them, of course,” Robin said, shaking her head as if in disbelief. “I had some really sweet ones for a couple classes, but the others seemed to have an attitude toward me because they knew I was a Christian. So I am sooooo glad that we get to go to Grace Academy, where we can be free to talk about Jesus!”
She smiled a bit. “Like Mom told me before we started and before she started teaching there a couple years ago, not even a Christian school is perfect, because it’s still people going there that are not perfect. But it’s so much better than the public school, to me! All the teachers are Christians, and we pray for each other, and cursing and junk is not allowed!”
“Yeah….and I suppose I’m glad we do homeschool, although to me it would be more fun to go to school with you now,” Pearl said.
“Hey!” said Robin, “That would be great! Why don’t we pray about it, and next year, you would be in Mom’s class! Wouldn’t that be totally cool?”
“Yeah!” said Pearl. “Let’s pray now!”
So they did, and after they said Aman, Pearl said, “I receive it! That’s what our former pastor started teaching us about, Robin—that once we ask Daddy God for something and believe that He will do it cause He’s so good, that we just say, “Thank You” for it from then on.” She looked up to Heaven. “Thank You, Daddy God that I’ll be going to Grace Academy for 6th grade!And thank You for telling Queen Mother that too!”
“Yes, thank You, LORD!” Robin said.
The girls giggled and heard Pearl’s mother calling them.
They looked and saw that everyone was at the creek.
Pearl’s mother waved at them. “Girls!” she said, “I thought you were following behind.”
“Oops, looks like we got to talking and just stayed where we were,” said Robin.
“That’s okay,” said Pearl. “That way, they didn’t hear us pray about me going to school next year. But God did!”
The girls gave each other a high five and started walking toward the water.
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